Nueva Vizcaya located in the region of Cagayan Valley in Luzon


Nueva Vizcaya is a province of the Philippines located in the region of Cagayan Valley in Luzon. Its capital is Bayombong. It is bordered by Benguet to the west, Ifugao to the north, Isabela to the northeast, Quirino to the east, Aurora to the southeast, Nueva Ecija to the south, and Pangasinan to the southwest. Quirino province was created from Nueva Vizcaya in 1966.

Nueva Vizcaya is a province with a rich soil that’s used in planting rice, corn, fruits, and vegetables. These are their main crops while the province also grows citrus crops like pomelo, Satsuma oranges, and ponkan. Their tilapia production is also impressive. How to get there? All the towns along the Maharlika Highway are served by buses from Manila to destinations such as Banaue, Kalinga, and Tuguegarao further north. Victory Liner provides much of the services that travel Maharlika Highway all the way through the province, while Ohayami Transport plies the Manila-Banaue route. Most buses have a food stop on Dalton Pass, and another major stopover at Solano.

Activities to do at Nueva Vizcaya. 1st activity. Climb Mt. Pulag, Mt. Palali and Mt. Ugo Trekking. The majority of the mountain was declared a National Park under Proclamation No. 75 in 1987. It can get cold at night but this doesn’t hinder tourists from climbing. It’s open all year but you’ll need a permit to hike which you can get at the site. Mountaineering groups love what the third highest mountain in the country has to offer. At 2,922 meters above sea level, hikers can enjoy views of a thriving forest that’s rich in both flora and fauna. 2nd activity. Visit Mapallao Falls. Mapallao Falls is a seven-foot waterfall. The trek going to the falls is an experience in itself. The first thing to greet you when you start your journey is the hanging bridge and as you reach the falls, you will discover that there are many rock formations all over the place and a large pool for everyone to enjoy. Hikers have the option to bring foods and have a picnic. 3rd activity. Discover Old Churches and Cultural Establishments. St. Vincent Ferrer Parish Church in Dupax del Sur is a grandiose structure made of brick walls. It was built in 1775 and survived many earthquakes. It was declared a National Cultural Treasure by the National Museum of the Philippines. It’s also the biggest church in the province from the 18th century and can be reached from Bayombong in forty-five minutes. 4th activity. Visit the People’s Museum and Library. This museum is located in Bayombong and stands alongside Saint Dominic Cathedral. It’s a two-storey historical building where everyone can see how the province came about. This building was once the provincial government seat where displays of the culture and traditions of the ethnic groups of Nueva Vizcaya can be seen. 5th activity. Watch Festivals and Other Cultural Performances. Ammungan Festival – is the celebration of the history, culture, and founding of the province. The festival is also a way to honor and promote the ethnic tribes of the province. Visitors who attend the festival will see different cultural performances like native dances and songs and rituals. They also hold Agri-Industrial Trade Fair during the festival and street dances. 6th activity. Visit Lower Magat Eco-Tourism Park. This place is ideal for a picnic, chill time, hiking, camping, and boating. This is one of the best places in Nueva Vizcaya for nature lovers. Other amenities and attractions include fish cages, campsite, swimming pool, a log cabin, wishing well, farm animals, butterfly garden and a zoo park. 7th activity. Buy Different Fruits from the Province. Different citrus can be bought from stores that line the highways the province. Most of these fruits are planted in the highlands of Kasibu. Some of these fruits are seedless Satsuma orange and ponkan. There are also other fruits being sold in these stores which come from the nearby regions. 8th activity. Go Spelunking. Capisaan Cave – the fifth longest cave system in the country extends to two barangays in the province namely Capisaan and Alayan. There’s an underground river which is 4.2 km in length and chambers and tunnels where visitors can see stalagmites, stalactites, speleothems, and other rock formations. The cave has small holes and steep parts so patience and courage is needed to discover it all the way through. 9th activity. Visit Provincial Capitol ‘Luneta of the North’. Governor Patricio G. Dumlao spearheaded the construction of the complex known as ‘The Luneta of the North’. The complex houses the provincial government offices. Aside from that, the complex has a park with exotic plants. Benches are found scattered at the complex as well as giant lamps, man-made lagoon, etc. 10th activity. Go to Imugan Falls. It will take about 20 minutes to reach Imugan Falls from the community proper. This two-level shallow catch basin waterfall offer trekking experience beyond compare. The hike promises breathtaking views. There’s a choice to go fishing or getting to know the locals of the area. The Imugan Mountain Fresh Factory, maker of different spreads and jams is also located in the area. 11th activity. Visit Balete Pass. Also known as Dalton Pass, this is a zigzag mountain road connecting Nueva Vizcaya and Nueva Ecija to parts of Central Luzon. The pass is where the Battle of Luzon happened. Today, it serves as a tourist attraction that people can go to including the Tourism Complex. It’s located along Highway 5 and any bus going to Tuguegarao or Nueva Viscaya will pass through there.

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